anthroposophic NURSing

Anthroposophic Nursing (AN) is an expression of Holistic care giving, encompassing the physical and spiritual nature of the human being. Rudolf Steiner, PhD and Ita Wegman, MD collaborated in clinics in Arlesheim, Switzerland in the early 1900s to develop a holistic approach to medicine that would offer healing to the whole Human Being, body, soul and spirit.

During their treatments, the nurses work closely with the elements of warmth, rhythm, and conscious awareness. The client is viewed as a whole person, and that a bridge exists between the physical and spiritual being of their patients. This is of key importance in supporting and nurturing the patients own life giving healing forces.

Nurses interested in AN have the opportunity to expand and deepen their nursing impulse in the art of healing and their own inner development through continuing education offered by NAANA. AN practice includes external applications of therapeutic substances through teas, footbaths, compresses, embrocations (Einreibung) and hydrotherapy. NAANA is affiliated with the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) at the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. Training through the IPMT (International Post Graduate Medical Training) is accredited by the Medical Section.

According to the International Association the special characteristics of Anthroposophic Nursing are:

  • A holistic, integrative image of the human being which provides the guidance of the anthroposophic nursing activities.
  • Support of recovery and healing processes with special attention to the individual developmental needs of the patient.
  • The use of wraps, compresses, baths and embrocations to strengthen the self-healing forces within the patient.
  • Takes into account biological, soul, and spiritual rhythms in nursing.
  • Commitment by nursing staff to ongoing professional and personal development.

    NAANA MISSION STATEMENT: The North American Association for Anthroposophic Nurses (NAANA) strives to uphold and cultivate the Anthroposophic medical and nursing practices indicated by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman. It will work to further enhance the quality of care giving and to develop and support the community of Anthroposophic nurses through peer support, education, research, and collective collaboration.

    VISION STATEMENT: The art of Anthroposophic Nursing will contribute to the healing of the human being, in light of Anthroposophy, while becoming integrated within the medical systems of today. It’s principles and gestures will serve the individual development of nurses and care givers in North America and around the world.

How to Become a Member of NAANA

Annual Membership dues are good for one year from January 1 to December 31.

For members who join us in September of a year, those dues will carry over into the next calendar year.

  • Full Member Nurse $90
  • Associate Member Nurse $70 (Members of another AHA organization and pay full dues to that organization)
  • Student/Retired Nurses & Caregivers $50
  • Friends/ Supporting Member $50

NAANA members, except for the non-nurse Friends/ Supporting Member level are automatically members of both the Anthroposophic Health Association, AHA, and the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing, IFAN.

Your membership supports the work of Anthroposophic Nursing: Education, Research, Collaboration within AHA & IFAN & Outreach.

Benefits include: NAANA biannual newsletter, discounted fees for NAANA/ AHA sponsored conferences, trainings and webinars, AHA e-news, discounted subscription to Lillipoh magazine and online NAANA & AHA directory listing if you choose to be listed.

NAANA is a 501(c) 3 organization.

For questions about membership and NAANA,  please visit here, or contact Teresa Ferrari, NAANA Membership Coordinator, at

Accredited by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) in the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. IFAN represents national professional Anthroposophic Nursing Organizations worldwide.
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